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Dan Uetrecht, July 23

Over the weekend we got two inches spread out over three days with no flooding and no ponding. It was an awesome rain. I think it will almost complete the corn and I think the beans are really soaking it up. We were really dry with all of the 90-degree heat. That rain was really a blessing. That is a money rain. It has been a good year with good timely rains.

I hope the heat didn’t hurt us too much. I have some concerns with pollination. The corn looks tremendous, but did those 90-degree temperatures shave off of the top end yield? I think it might have but I think this will still be a really good corn crop.

We’ve got gray leaf spot in the corn in some hybrids. I chose not to spray the corn for two reasons. One, I am hoping that corn is far enough along that it won’t be too yield damaging. Then I kind of thought that we missed the optimum date to spray the corn.

In soybeans we have quite a bit of frogeye leaf spot. We sprayed over half of our soybean acres with fungicides. This is the first time I have sprayed for frogeye.

The double-crops look as good as I’ve ever had. They came up and they had good heat and moisture and, with another two inches of rain on them, they look awesome. We’ve sprayed all of our beans with the herbicide and the only thing left we have to spray is the double-crop beans.

We put a lot of compost down and we deep-tilled our wheat ground because we’d had some flooding on it. We worked that up, got the rain on it and I’m picking the cover crop up today to plant as soon as it is dried down and ready to go.

We plant early soybean varieties to get the wheat planted as soon as possible. If you get your wheat in on time around the first of October it corresponds to good wheat yields. And we have gone with early- to mid-season wheat to get the wheat crop off, get the double-crops in and some of the early cover crops planted. We tend to lean toward early- to mid- wheat varieties.

I hope everyone got a good bit of early contracting done. I don’t see much changing in the markets now before harvest. Hopefully we can harvest a good crop, store it and see what happens next year.

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